Beloved actors Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci have both taken on queer characters before. But in the upcoming tearjerker Supernova (from Hinterland's Harry Macqueen) they play a gay couple grappling with Tucci's character Tusker's early-onset dementia diagnosis.
The official synopsis, according to Indiewire, reads:
“It is deep Autumn and Sam [Firth] and Tusker, partners of 20 years, are on holiday. They are traveling across England in their old camper van visiting friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with young-onset dementia two years ago their lives have had to change. Jobs have been given up and plans put on hold. Their time together is now the most important thing they have. As the trip progresses however, their individual ideas for their future begin to collide. Secrets are uncovered, private plans unravel and their love for each other is tested like never before. Ultimately, they must confront the question of what it means to love one another in the face of Tusker’s irreparable illness.”
While Firth's character in 1984's queer-themed Rubert Everett-Cary Elwes starrer Another Country was not gay, he did play an LGBTQ+ ally in that film, which was considered controversial at the time. He went on to star as a gay man in Tom Ford's A Single Man, based on the Christopher Isherwood story. Tucci previously played the gay fashion editor in the smash hit The Devil Wears Prada.
Supernova is set for its world premiere Thursday at the San Sebastián film festival in Spain. There is no U.S. distribution for it yet.
Watch the trailer below.